I recently received a text from my old college professor,
“Hello. El Indie snared a third place nationally in AEJMC. Congrats and hope you are well.”
El Independiente – El Indie – is a semesterly, bilingual magazine written and produced by students as part of The University of Arizona School of Journalism’s capstone Arizona Sonora News program. In my culminative semester as an undergraduate I was given the editorial and design lead for Spring 2018’s El Independiente magazine, which we chose to focus on equality and the status of women in Arizona.
Among my other jobs and school activities I was pledged to, El Indie was my baby for the semester. It demanded constant attention, it woke me early and kept me up late and, at times, was seemingly all consuming.
Looking at the magazine now, it’s far from perfect, but I am grateful to have been handed the opportunity to steer the metaphorical El Indie ship and get my hands dirty with magazine production and publication – something I’d never done previously; To be recognized nationally for it is, well, the icing on the cake.
Congrats to my fellow El Indie students, and thank you for all your hard work. 🎉
In the spirit of congratulations, I want to give another huge shoutout to my Daily Wildcat family.
In my last blog post I shared the Daily Wildcat was yet again a pacemaker finalist. As of this weekend, The Daily Wildcat is a back-to-back Associated College Press Pacemaker winner.
In 2017, the Wildcat won a Pacemaker for the print newspaper, and this year it won an Online Pacemaker award for semesters which myself and my colleague, Chastity Laskey, served as Fall and Spring editor-in-chiefs, respectively.